Therapist

Position Title: Therapist/Licensure eligible

FLSA: Exempt

Supervisor: Chief Operating Officer

Supervises: Case Manager and Child Care II Workers (indirectly)

The Therapist works closely with the COO/Program staff of the unit they are on and is responsible for the therapeutic direction of youth at Arrowhead Youth and Family Services.

Performance Objectives:
Traditional and DCFS Programs:

  • Will provide formal Medicaid Community Mental Health services to qualified clients in accordance with Rule 132, section 132.150 and in accordance with the Individual Treatment Plan by:

    • Managing a case load of 12 to 14 clients at any one time.  

    • Being familiar with each child’s case history, strengths, challenges in progression toward meeting treatment plan goals while providing direction to treatment staff for services and activities.

    • Documenting strengths and weaknesses observed during the reporting period for the client.

    • Facilitating individual, group and family therapy

    • Possessing a working knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Reality Therapy, Anger Management counseling, problem solving techniques, strength based intervention techniques and the group process.

      • Providing individual and family therapy.

      • Conducting group therapy consistent with the therapeutic milieu.

      • Facilitating team development of effective strength-based intervention strategies.

      • Encouraging parental involvement throughout treatment stay.

      • Providing education and support to the family.

  • Will document accordingly by:

    • Participating in the writing of reports which include Individual Treatment Plan, the quarterly progress reports, 6 month re-assessment and discharge report to be completed within 7 days of discharge as required.

    • Completing Mental Health Assessments and reviews.

    • Participating in initial, monthly, quarterly, family team and discharge staffing.

    • Completing all Medicaid paperwork on a daily basis.

    • Maintaining a daily log concerning group meetings and other observable behaviors of the student.

    • Critiquing and signing off on incident reports.

    • Upon a youth’s placement, reporting to staffing any known significant treatment issues to insure a safe transition to the Arrowhead program.

    • Participating in the required client documentation to include but not limited to outcomes, staffing reports, and client testing.

  • Will provide leadership to treatment team for clinical direction of client services by:

    • Working closely with the COO, Unit Coordinator, and Case Managers in the coordination of client planning and progress.

    • Monitoring Case Managers and Child Care II Workers for compliance with the structured evening schedule.

    • Attending monthly staffings to set expectations, evaluating treatment goals and discussing progress of groups and individual group members.

    • Attending meetings directed by the Supervisor of the unit they are on, including monthly client staffings, monthly unit staff meetings, case consultation, quality assurance reviews, IEPs, special case reviews, etc.

    • Attending court hearings and review hearings at appropriate times, as needed.

    • Communicating regularly with referring agents (probation officers, caseworkers, social workers) and parents as needed.

    • Filling in for another therapist in case of vacations or emergencies.

    • Collaborating with education staff as they develop students’ Individualized Education and Behavior Treatment Plans.

    • Coordinate the activities and evaluation of the telepsych program and participate in the telepsych appointment.

  • Will complete pre-placement interviews as assigned by the COO.

Qualifications/Essential Job Functions:

  1. Must posses a Master’s Degree in human services from an accredited school and two years full time supervised experience in a social work setting. (Licensure strongly recommended)

  2. Must be First Aid and CPR certified.

  3. Will value diversity and incorporate cultural differences into treatment planning and implementation in order to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.  

  4. Will adhere to appropriate professional Code of Ethics.

  5. Must have a valid driver’s license and approval from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to transport children.  Must qualify to become insured by Arrowhead’s insurance carrier.

  6. Must be physically capable of participating in the restraint of adolescents that are endangering the safety of self, others, or the destruction of property.  In addition, must be physically capable of successful completion of CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention) training and be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.